CEVA Accelerates 5G Infrastructure Rollout with Industry’s First Baseband Platform IP for 5G RAN ASICs

  • PentaG-RAN addresses semiconductor business design hole for corporations seeking to enter the profitable 5G Open RAN market tools with optimized ASIC options
  • Groundbreaking platform structure solves huge MIMO compute challenges with full L1 PHY answer, delivering as much as 10X financial savings in energy and space in comparison with accessible FPGA and COTS CPU based mostly options
  • CEVA’s co-creation providers additionally accessible to PentaG-RAN prospects for improvement of their total PHY subsystem, and as much as full chip design

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the main licensor of wi-fi connectivity and sensible sensing applied sciences and co-creation options, at present launched PentaG-RAN™, the business’s first 5G baseband platform IP for ASICs focusing on mobile infrastructure in each base station and radio configurations, together with distributed items (DU), and Remote Radio Units (RRU), from small cell to Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (mMIMO). This heterogeneous baseband compute platform has been designed to considerably scale back the entry obstacles for corporations wishing to interrupt into the brand new market alternatives accessible in Open RAN (O-RAN) tools.

The burgeoning market for 5G base station and radio ASICs is fueled by the digital transformation that constantly calls for increased mobile bandwidth at decrease latency. More lately, community disaggregation pushed by the Open RAN initiative and the drive for mMIMO has gained the eye of silicon distributors worldwide to the mobile infrastructure market alternative. Global know-how intelligence agency ABI Research forecasts that shipments of 5G outside cell infrastructure tools, together with mMIMO radios, O-RAN radios, small cells and digital basebands is anticipated to develop at a CAGR of 17% from 2022 to 2027, surpassing 23 million items yearly by 2027. The incapability of the present platforms to scale successfully to mMIMO dimensions or assist new O-RAN use circumstances the place energy and price are vital elements has disrupted the market and opens the door for new entrants.

With this in thoughts, PentaG-RAN gives a groundbreaking platform for a whole L1 PHY (bodily layer 1) answer with optimum {hardware}/software program partitioning, incorporating highly effective vector DSPs, PHY management DSPs, versatile 5G {hardware} accelerators and different specialised elements required for modem processing chains. It delivers as much as 10X financial savings in energy and space in comparison with accessible FPGA and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) CPU based mostly options. To additional scale back design danger and expediate ASIC design, CEVA’s co-creation providers can be found to PentaG-RAN prospects for the event of their total PHY subsystem, and as much as designing the whole chip.

Guy Keshet, Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Broadband Business Unit at CEVA, said: “CEVA has been at the vanguard of DSP know-how in mobile infrastructure for the final decade, collaborating with main Tier-1 OEMs to ship probably the most superior DSP architectures deployed in 5G RAN at present. Our PentaG-RAN platform was shaped out of this in depth expertise and brings the subsequent stage platform answer to assist drive the subsequent technology of 5G chipsets for mMIMO methods and new O-RAN use circumstances.”

The PentaG-RAN platform addresses each base station and radio compute configurations:

  • Base station, supporting Macro DU/vDU and Small Cell – providing a scalable compute platform for L1 inline DU/vDU acceleration. This configuration handles the whole acceleration of the primary processing chains (knowledge and management), for each symbol-to-bit domains (together with FEC) and frequency processing (together with FFT and equalization). Advanced algorithms together with channel estimation and MMSE calculation are mapped to the CEVA-XC DSP for optimum processing and energy effectivity. It features a highly effective useful resource pool for accelerating COTS platforms and helps high-PHY and low-PHY 7.2x break up partitioning based mostly on Open RAN specs.
  • Radio, supporting Open RAN Low-PHY, Massive MIMO and Beamformer – providing a scalable compute platform for Massive MIMO beamforming processing on RRU facet, together with Beamformer and Beamforming weight calculation. This configuration gives unmatched compute and PPA effectivity, enabling prospects with a aggressive path for price discount and integration choices with transceivers, in comparison with FPGA and different COTS options. It helps a spread of use-cases from Small Cell and Macro, to Massive MIMO 32TR to 64TR and past, for each Sub-6 and mmWave and helps O-RAN 7.2x splits.

To additional expedite time-to-market for PentaG-RAN licensees, the platform is supported by CEVA’s new Virtual Platform Simulator (VPS), a unified System-C modeling surroundings that permits pre-silicon software program improvement, answer dimensioning, structure proof-of-concept, and modeling of all platform elements. The VPS additionally contains reference software program implementation for essential processing chains, in addition to beamforming use circumstances.

PentaG-RAN shall be accessible for normal licensing within the fourth quarter of this 12 months. PentaG-RAN prospects may profit from SoC co-creation providers by CEVA’s Intrinsix crew to assist combine and assist system design and modem improvement. For additional data, go to https://www.ceva-dsp.com/product/ceva-pentag-ran/.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the main licensor of wi-fi connectivity and sensible sensing applied sciences and co-creation options for a wiser, safer, linked world. We present Digital Signal Processors, AI engines, wi-fi platforms, cryptography cores and complementary software program for sensor fusion, picture enhancement, pc imaginative and prescient, voice enter and synthetic intelligence. These applied sciences are provided together with our Intrinsix IP integration providers, serving to our prospects deal with their most complicated and time-critical built-in circuit design tasks. Leveraging our applied sciences and chip design abilities, most of the world’s main semiconductors, system corporations and OEMs create power-efficient, clever, safe and linked gadgets for a spread of finish markets, together with cell, client, automotive, robotics, industrial, aerospace & protection and IoT.

Our DSP-based options embody platforms for 5G baseband processing in cell, IoT and infrastructure, superior imaging and pc imaginative and prescient for any camera-enabled system, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low-power always-on/sensing purposes for a number of IoT markets. For sensor fusion, our Hillcrest Labs sensor processing applied sciences present a broad vary of sensor fusion software program and inertial measurement unit (“IMU”) options for markets together with hearables, wearables, AR/VR, PC, robotics, distant controls and IoT. For wi-fi IoT, our platforms for Bluetooth (low vitality and twin mode), Wi-Fi 4/5/6 (802.11n/ac/ax), Ultra-wideband (UWB), NB-IoT and GNSS are probably the most broadly licensed connectivity platforms within the business. 

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